Three Tastes Pineapple Cake (San Wei Su Wu 三味酥屋)

Kulangsu teems with pineapple cake shops, so it’s a competitive market for this product, also a Taiwanese specialty, which would really be more accurately translated as “Pineapple Pie.” The product is a one-serving puff-pastry pie the size of a cupcake, stuffed with a rich, melty stuffing of minced and salted pineapple, coconut, mango, durian, or […]

Sue’s Festival Gift Shop (Su Xiao Tang 苏小糖)

This candy shop is bright and welcoming, framed by a striking outdoor wall of frames with plants growing out of them. As an art installation, this wall is worth seeing in its own right, and the shop inside deserves to be called a museum. It’s staffed by a friendly group of girls in pretty turquoise […]

Li Ji Li Ji (礼即礼集)

The literal translation of the name is “gift, immediately, gift, gather,” and this popular chain, with branches all over China, does not disappoint the gift-seeker, especially if the intended recipient is a child. The highlights of the dazzling store are the immaculately detailed battery-powered wooden dioramas of ferris wheels and park scenes. Address: 103-107 Zhonghua […]

Joy & Mario Shoe store (J&M Xie Dan 鞋店)

Many tourists find themselves needing a new pair of comfortable shoes for walking through Kulangsu’s cobblestoned streets and hills. Joy & Mario’s shoes combine the comfort of classic soccer-shoe shapes with designs that explore the daring cutting edge of Chinese fashion, integrating bold, original textures and stitched-on transfers. Address: Zhonghua Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, […]

Qing Ya Jade & Amber store (Qing Ya 清雅)

This crystal, jewelry, and art shop has been in business on the island for more than 20 years and is trusted by locals who are looking for genuine, high-quality artifacts. Amber figurines and pearl objects are crafted with care. Prices aren’t cheap, but the Kulangsu locals who run the place are trustworthy, know their suppliers […]